Friday Finds is hosted by Should Be Reading and allows readers to showcase books they have discovered over the past week. This week I found a YA book and a literary fiction novel.
Karma by Cathy Ostlere
On October 31, 1984, Indira Gandhi is gunned down by two Sikh bodyguards. The murder sparks riots in Delhi and for three days Sikh families are targeted and killed in retribution for the Prime Minister’s death. It is into this chaos that sixteen-year-old Maya and her Sikh father, Amar, arrive from their home in Canada. India’s political instability is the backdrop and catalyst for Maya’s awakening to the world. KARMA is the story of how a young woman, straddling two cultures and enduring personal loss, learns forgiveness, acceptance and love.
The Oregon Experiment by Keith Scribner
Naomi and Scanlon Pratt are at the threshold of a new life. East Coast transplants in small town Oregon, Scanlon will be a professor at the university—teaching mass movements and domestic radicalism—and Naomi, a professional “nose” who lost her sense of smell, is pregnant with their first child.
For Scanlon, all of this is ideal. With ample opportunity for field research, he finds a subject in Clay, a young anarchist who despises him but adores Naomi. And he also becomes involved with a local secessionist movement—and its sensuous, free-spirited leader. Naomi, though far less enchanted, discovers that Oregon offers a multitude of scents. Her nose has returned—but she isn’t pleased with everything she smells. As they welcome their newborn, their lives become increasingly intertwined with Clay’s, and they soon must decide exactly where their loyalties lie—before the world Scanlon has been dabbling in engulfs them all.
A contemporary civil war between desire and betrayal, rich in crisp, luxuriant detail, The Oregon Experiment explores a minefield of convictions and complications at once political, social, and intimately personal.